NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With Tuesday night's approval of the Music City Center, the old convention center located at Broadway and Fifth Avenue downtown will be turned into the into the world's first medical trade mart.
Dallas-based Market Center Management Company will build the $250 million, 12-story structure on top of the mostly underground convention center and Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, "things are going to move fast."
Spyridon told News 2 Wednesday "work [is starting] immediately, has started immediately" but it won't interrupt bookings planned for the current convention center.
"There will be some minor adjustments as we move forward, but the medical mart folks absolutely know that the booked customers come first and they're in complete agreement to work around any of those meetings," Spyridon said.
He said more than likely, new construction will take place during off-hours and when the convention center is not in use.
Spyridon stresses there will be no cancellations and convention center customers will come first.